The Virginia Tech Alumni Association established the award for Extension Excellence in 1975 to promote Extension at Virginia Tech and to recognize the outstanding contributions of Extension professionals to the land-grant mission of the University.
Two awards, one for agent faculty and one for specialist or administrative faculty, are presented at an awards dinner and ceremony in the fall of each year. Each award consists of a plaque and a check for $2,000.
Agents, specialists, or administrative faculty members who are Virginia Cooperative Extension employees are eligible for the award. Nominees are not required to be Virginia Tech graduates.
The selection committee will evaluate each nominee’s application according to the criteria listed below. A summary addressing the four criteria as they relate to the individual’s program(s) and impact(s) should be prepared. This document should be no more than 3 pages long.
- Innovation/creativity – 25 points
- Program Results/impacts/subject matter – 50 points
- Leadership/professional activities – 15 points
- Communication skills – 10 points
In addition, the application packet should include the following:
- A brief (one page) nomination/application cover letter
- Updated resume or CV
- A minimum of 3 recommendation letters
The selection committee includes a non-voting chair (appointed by the Director of Extension), one alumnus (appointment by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Director of Alumni Relations), award recipients from the previous year, and one associate director of Extension.
Nominations may be made by alumni, faculty, department heads, directors, and deans. Self-nominations are also encouraged. Please prepare the application materials so that members of the selection committees are able to appreciate the significance of the faculty member’s contributions to Extension.
Please submit application packets to Michael Lambur. Nominations are due Dec. 1, 2015 by 5 p.m.